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Cardinals G.M. gushing about rookie receiver John Brown

John Brown, A.J. Bouye AP

The Arizona Cardinals have been in search of a true complementary receiver to pair with Larry Fitzgerald since Anquan Boldin left the desert in 2010.

While Michael Floyd showed promise last season with 65 catches for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns, general manager Steve Keim is extremely excited by third-round draft pick John Brown.

In a note to Robert Mays of Grantland.com, Keim spoke glowingly about the early progress of Brown so far during training camp.

“I haven’t seen a rookie come in and do what he’s done — and it’s early still — since Anquan Boldin,” Keim said. “This guy came through the first day, and being from Pittsburg State, has uncanny instincts, unbelievable understanding of route concepts, leverage, being in the right spot at the right time.”

Keim said he hasn’t seen any of their players able to cover Brown so far during training camp. He also said he would have been “irate” if they hadn’t landed Brown in the draft.

Brown had five catches for 87 yards in the first half of Arizona’s preseason opener against the Houston Texans last week.

The Cardinals passed for over 4,000 yards a season ago with just Fitzgerald and Floyd as the primary targets. If Brown can be another go-to target for Carson Palmer, the Cardinals may have an even better shot at challenging for the top of the NFC West.

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24 Responses to “Cardinals G.M. gushing about rookie receiver John Brown”
  1. ronfai says: Aug 12, 2014 11:35 PM

    I saw this guy in preseason and he’s the real deal. As a Niner fan I’m really afraid of him lining up next to Fitz, he’s gonna dominate single coverage all day.

  2. krehbieo14 says: Aug 12, 2014 11:47 PM

    I have said all along that he was the sleeper of the entire draft. He is proving his worth everyday. He’s a great kid with a powerful story of triumph over tragedy. John Brown will be a star in the NFL.

  3. robbieanalogue says: Aug 13, 2014 12:00 AM

    Pittsburg?

    The typos are getting really bad.

  4. billybone says: Aug 13, 2014 12:09 AM

    Cards GM says nobody on the team can cover the rookie, yet they just paid Peterson top CB money because he is supposedly the “best lockdown CB” in the game.

  5. socalcharger says: Aug 13, 2014 12:14 AM

    The guy you just dropped $70M on can’t cover a rookie? That’s got to be concerning.

  6. irootforthecardinals says: Aug 13, 2014 12:33 AM

    Old news. Local radio has been “gushing” over him for months now. Let’s see if he can do it in the regular season. He’s also tiny and hasn’t taken a big hit yet, whereas boldin was a large man out of college. So far so good, though. Cards are not a laughingstock anymore and I couldn’t be happier.

  7. bleedburgandyandgold says: Aug 13, 2014 12:42 AM

    Going to be a fun division to watch!

  8. azqfan says: Aug 13, 2014 1:17 AM

    I agree he has potential, but to compare him to Anquan is VERY premature. If he goes for 12 catches 212 yards and 2 TD’s against San Diego in the opener then OK.

    Or if he catches over a 100 passes for 1300 yards and 8 touchdowns his rookie year then OK.

    Oh and let’s not forget that was with Jeff Blake as his QB and BEFORE Fitz was on the other side.

    I do think he has great potential though.

  9. beardinals says: Aug 13, 2014 1:22 AM

    He was targeted 10 times. (Stanton missed him a bunch) . But he was open.

    It will be interesting to see where this goes.

  10. Curtis Crabtree says: Aug 13, 2014 1:27 AM

    To @robbieanalogue: It’s not a typo. Pittsburg State is a D-II school in Kansas.

  11. MostlyRight says: Aug 13, 2014 1:47 AM

    John Brown is just open on every play in practices and then in the preseason game. Add to that Fitz and Floyd in his third year (typically when receivers make their biggest leap), an improved TE group adding Carlson (TD caught but called back in preseason) and Niklas (future stud) with Housler who looked as if he might finally reach his potential, the pass catching Andre Ellington, a new legit LT in Veldheer and #1 draft pick Cooper back from injury and Palmer has to be licking his chops. On top of that, the other J. brown WR, Golden, and the 6th round WR pick all look great too. They will have to cut one or two receivers that will immediately find work on another roster.

  12. skinsfan91 says: Aug 13, 2014 1:51 AM

    Good for the Cards. Can’t wait for the Skins to play them Oct 12. The Skins drafted a similar rookie in Ryan Grant who’s already a good route runner. Yay football!

  13. bootska says: Aug 13, 2014 2:50 AM

    Well I’ll be…

  14. RegisHawk says: Aug 13, 2014 4:00 AM

    ‘Tis the gushing season…

  15. jtm12180 says: Aug 13, 2014 6:25 AM

    “Well I’ll be…!!”

  16. realfootballfan says: Aug 13, 2014 7:48 AM

    This guy looked great on Saturday. Maybe it’s the Texan secondary, but I’ve heard that he’s been working over the Cardinal secondary in practice as well.

  17. luz56 says: Aug 13, 2014 8:04 AM

    The kid has been VG in practice…surprisingly good… Played a very bad Texan team and in pre season..potential to be anything is just that…I’ve been to camp a lot and he is the real deal.. Jonathan Cooper toe is looking like another Jonathan Martin …Loads of talent but no heart and very little mean streak to make it as a lineman

  18. officialgame says: Aug 13, 2014 9:17 AM

    Fitzgerald’s CAP hit next year is 24 million so we know where this is going.

  19. osiris33 says: Aug 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    Maybe if they had Richard Sherman they’d have somebody who could cover him.

    This is a 7-9 team who’s best players are well over 30. Good luck stopping the run without Dansby & Washington.

  20. thingamajig says: Aug 13, 2014 12:41 PM

    Next year: #1 Floyd, # 2 Brown or vice versa
    Fitz priced off the team

  21. chriskrankin says: Aug 13, 2014 3:14 PM

    And it’s fast, fast John Brown
    The fastest man in the whole damned town.

  22. wartface says: Aug 13, 2014 5:30 PM

    If….. Our defense is as good as last years was and our offense can put more points up each week… We might win the Division. Wouldn’t that be a hoot. That might shut up Richard Sherman.

  23. krehbieo14 says: Aug 13, 2014 7:10 PM

    It’s hard to compare Brown with Boldin. Boldin is a totally different type of receiver; more like the size and strength of a tight end. Brown is more of a Wes Welker style of receiver. The kind that drives defenses crazy. The only commonality between Brown or Boldin is their capacity to cause miss-matches. That will be a huge plus for the Cards offense if teams can’t prepare for what they’re about to see!

  24. shooter28 says: Aug 13, 2014 10:06 PM

    Arizona has an absolutely elite core of WRs & rookie John Brown is no joke. With his speed he will burn #2-#3CBs in single coverage all day long. Brown not only has speed but has elite precision route running skills, and is in and out of his breaks extremely very quickly and him going to SD to work out with Palmer over the summer with Fitz/Floyd/Ginn has really paid off because he has excellent chemistry n timing with Palmer. Dudes got excellent hands as well. He had more yards than n e other WR drafted in week 1 in his first NFL game, with 5 receptions for 87 yards n a 17.6 YD/AVG per catch. His combo of speed n precision route running is absolutely lethal . Browm guaranteed is goimg to catch at minimum 60 balls this season, AVG 16+ YDs per reception, around a 1,000 yards n 5-7TDs. Kids special and will be seeing exclusively single coverage which he can destroy. Arizonas vastly, vastly, far SUPERIOR massively upgraded offense paired up with their elite defense, is going to equal a 12-14W Season bet on it.

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